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  • Besides, these evening walks are all incompatible with the elbow-chair feeling, which desires some employment that may divert the mind without fatiguing the body.

    Chronicles of the Canongate

  • He bounced without ceremony into the parlour, where he found the worthy divine clothed in the same plaid nightgown, and seated in the very elbow-chair, in which he had left him five hours before.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • “Indeed, Dame Elspeth?” said old Tibb, edging her stool closer to the huge elbow-chair occupied by her friend, “I should like to hear about that.”

    The Monastery

  • “How say you? what think you, mine host?” said the citizen from Ratisbon; “may the gentleman, being drunk, as you see he is; since he cannot tell that three and one make six — I say, may he, being drunk, sleep in the elbow-chair?”

    Anne of Geierstein

  • My father sat half-aside in his elbow-chair, that his head might be turned from me: his hands clasped, and waving, as it were, up and down; his fingers, poor dear gentleman! in motion, as if angry to the very ends of them.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • She threw herself on a settee there; he into an elbow-chair by her — the good woman at her feet, her arms clasped round her waist.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • There I beheld her in a sweet slumber, which I hope will prove refreshing to her disturbed senses; sitting in her elbow-chair, her apron over her head; her head supported by one sweet hand, the other hand hanging down upon her side, in a sleepy lifelessness; half of one pretty foot only visible.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • And then she wrote on for three hours more: after which, being heavy, she dozed a little in an elbow-chair.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • She was sitting in an elbow-chair, leaning her head on a pillow;

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • Mrs. Smith, at his request, stept up, and brought us down word that Mrs. Lovick and her nurse were with her; and that she was in so sound a sleep, leaning upon the former in her elbow-chair, that she had neither heard her enter the room, nor go out.

    Clarissa Harlowe

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  • About ten o'clock next morning we knocked at his door; and found him sitting in his elbow-chair, with a book in his hand.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 10 ch. 1

    October 8, 2008